Carnival to double ship capacity at new Bahamas destination

A $100 million pier extensionwill double number of ships able to call at  Carnival Cruise Line’s new Grand Bahama island destination.

An expanded cruise pier at Celebration Key will be able to handle up to four Excel-class ships simultaneously by 2026.

Almost four million passengers a year are expected to visit Celebration Key by 2028.

The beach destination is due to open in summer 2025 at a revised cost of $600 million with the pier extension.

The initial phase of the project, including the original two berths, is projected to welcome 2.2 million annual passengers to Grand Bahama starting next year.

Celebration Key will include five distinct areas, known as ‘portals’, plus a mile-long beach, freshwater lagoons, and a range of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “As is fitting for our plans for Grand Bahama island, our vision for Celebration Key is quite grand, and we’re already thinking about the next phase of expansion and development. 

“Building the second pier now allows us to implement growth plans and build itineraries with certainty, and signals to the local community just how important this development is to Carnival Cruise Line and the future of the island.”

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